- Minimum 24 Units
- Academic plan 6829XGCMDS
- CRICOS code NO CRICOS
- Academic contact
The Graduate Certificate in Military and Defence Studies draws from the courses integrated into the Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint) of the Australian Command and Staff College. It is designed to give students a thorough understanding of one of the following areas of practice:
- Strategy and Operations;
- Australian Defence Policy;
- Military Operations, Leadership and Command; or
- Australia and the Use of Force
Entry is restricted to students who are posted as course members to the Australian Command and Staff College.
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Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of their choice of cognate disciplines, including Strategy and operations, Australian defence policy, Military operations, leadership and command or Australia and the use of force.
- Apply their theoretical and technical knowledge to a range of contexts to undertake professional work in military, defence or policy contexts, or as a pathway to further learning.
Admission to the Graduate Certificate of Military and Defence Studies requires a prior bachelor or higher degree.
To be eligible for admission to the GCertMilDefSt, applicants must be posted as course members to the Australian Command and Staff College. Prior learning will be recognised for admission in accordance with the ANU Policy: Credit Policy. Prior learning (formal, non-formal and in-formal) must be documented as part of the application. Candidates are eligible for admission if, in the judgement of the Delegated Authority, the totality of documented prior learning equates to the learning outcomes of a program sufficient for regular admission.
English language Requirements
All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students
Assessment of qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.
Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au
ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.
Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.
For further information see the Scholarships website.
The Graduate Certificate in Military and Defence Studies program requires the successful completion of 24 units, which must consist of:
24 units from completion of one of the following specialisations:
Australia and the Use of Force
Australian Defence Policy
Military Operations, Leadership and Command
Strategy and Operations